Let nurses take medical exams: blogger

Nurses practitioners should be allowed to expand their scope of practice into doctors' territory if they can pass the same exams, says a prominent US doctor.

The theoretical exams, thought up by leading medical blogger Dr Kevin Pho (pictured), would help legitimise the ability of nurse practitioners to conduct procedures normally reserved for doctors, he said.

"Given the shortage of primary care doctors, we should give nurse practitioners the opportunity to earn the responsibilities of physicians," Dr Pho wrote in a piece titled